This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP, File)

This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP, File)

13 new COVID-19 cases, 4 on peninsula

Cases were identified in Homer, Soldotna, Kenai and southern peninsula area.

Twelve Alaska residents and one nonresident tested positive for COVID-19 Monday, according to a Tuesday press release from the state’s Department of Health and Social Services.

The state also reported 12 new recovered cases and one new hospitalization as part of the daily update to the Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub.

The 12 new resident cases are from nine different communities: Four from Anchorage, one from the Bethel Census Area, one from the city of Kenai, one from Eagle River, one from Girdwood, one from Homer, one from Soldotna, one from Wasilla and one from a community on the southern Kenai Peninsula. The total number of Alaska resident cases is now at 676, with 235 of those cases currently active. There are 57 active cases on the Kenai Peninsula, including three in Anchor Point, two in Fritz Creek, 21 in Homer, five in Kenai, three in Nikiski, one in Seward, six in Soldotna, one listed as “other north” and 15 listed as “other south.”

The new nonresident case is a seafood industry worker located in the Municipality of Anchorage. The case brings the total number of nonresidents who have tested positive to 77.

Cases within communities of fewer than 1,000 people are included in the count for their borough or census designated area but are not individually listed. A further distinction is made between cases on the northern Kenai Peninsula and cases on the southern peninsula.

There have been 54 total hospitalizations in the state associated with COVID-19. Currently, 22 people who have either tested positive or are awaiting their test results are hospitalized.

Statewide, 76,215 tests have been conducted for COVID-19 for a three-day positivity average of .51%.

The information for this report reflects data that was submitted to DHSS between midnight and 11:59 p.m. the previous day. Data points including date of disease acquisition and residence are subject to change as case investigations occur.

For the latest information on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit covid19.alaska.gov or email covidquestions@alaska.gov.

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